A swim competition in the Bottrop Swim Stadium (inaugurated in 1924) in July 1925, organized by the west german section of the Deutscher Schwimmverband.
Cameraman Rudolf Schulze photographed all categories of the swim sport, of course he was impressed by the beauty of the young swimming ladies.
The film itself is fragmentary in all aspects, so we did some re-editing work.
Due to earlier restoration attempts, some title cards are missing or do not match the scenes.
Director:Paul Bienen Producer:Deutscher Schwimmverband & City of Bottrop Production Company:Westdeutsche Film-Gesellschaft Essen Sponsor:City of Bottrop Audio/Visual:silent, B & W Keywords:1920s; Sport; Germany; Ruhr; Bottrop Contact Information:for further information please mail to: ortsgeschichte @ quadrat-bottrop.de
November 7, 2004 Subject:
Be aware how the nostalgic views into the past can interfere with the view we have on the present.
We need to see clips like this one with open
March 2, 2004 Subject:
the camera is a liar(, yes and no)
This film presents the sight of many relaxed,contented people viewing human beauty in action. I would suggest that,in fact, the crowd is troubled,beset by financial and other problems It is gentle propaganda.But, this a too serious comment.The film is a charming record of an event where people are displaying good human nature.
Film starts with the introduction of the regional board of the 'Deutscher Schwimmverband,
Kreis IX' (West-Germany). Next we see an overview of the swim stadium (100 x 20 m) in Bottrop.
The competition starts with Synchronised Swimming demonstration by the ladies of the
Schwimmverein Gladbeck (which has been involved in the organisation of this sport event).
Followed by: Men Freestyle, 3 x 100m, Men Backstroke, Women Breaststroke 3 x100m, Women Breaststroke finish 100m and introduction of the winners, Women Diving 1 m, Women Diving 3 m, Women Diving Platform 9 m, followed by the 'rescue competition' and short sequences of Water Polo.
The last scene shows the active members of the Bottrop and Gladbeck swim clubs.